Have Military Law Questions? Ask a Military Lawyer.
Unfortunately, yes, it sounds like you are being scammed. Perhaps a servicemember would need money to travel during leave. I have no idea why money would be needed for his replacement.
The person may not be in the military, but if he is, you should consider reporting this to the branch of service he said he was a member of.
Thank you for your question.
Please remember to rate my response. I only receive credit from Just Answer if the customer rates my response. Thank you